Appeal court hearing


Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Court of Appeal has been been considering a landmark legal dispute that could make long term nursing care free under the NHS in all settings. The appeal hearing was scheduled to start on 17 May and, as Caring Times went to press, was expected to last six days. The appeal has been made by North and East Devon Health Authority, supported by the Department of health, against Pamela Coughlan. Ms Coughlan won a High Court ruling in December that prevented the Health Authority from closing Mardon House, the purpose-built NHS nursing home for people with severe physical disabilities where she lives, and moving all the residents into nursing homes in the independent sector. One part of the ruling stated that nursing care is the responsibility of the NHS wherever it is provided. This would have major implications for tens of thousands of people in nursing homes who are currently means-tested for their nursing care, unlike those receiving free nursing care in hospitals, residential homes and their own homes. The Ro





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